Nooksack Cirque Trail

Boundary, Washington

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Guidebook pioneers Ira Spring and Harvey Manning described the Nooksack Cirque as one of the most dramatic spots in the North Cascades. I can’t argue with that. One of the region’s largest cirques (a glacially carved amphitheater), it’s shadowed by snow-shrouded 9127-foot Mount Shuksan and flanked by sheer cliffs that have been polished by eons of ice and cascading runoff. These are the headwaters of the North Fork Nooksack, and the wild river makes a dramatic departure from its icy spawning grounds.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Guidebook pioneers Ira Spring and Harvey Manning described the Nooksack Cirque as one of the most dramatic spots in the North Cascades. I can’t argue with that.

One of the region’s largest cirques (a glacially carved amphitheater), it’s shadowed by snow-shrouded 9127-foot Mount Shuksan and flanked by sheer cliffs that have been polished by eons of ice and cascading runoff. These are the headwaters of the North Fork Nooksack, and the wild river makes a dramatic departure from its icy spawning grounds.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Boundary
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 2,700 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Glacier Public Service Center, or Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Shuksan No. 14
Driving Directions: Directions to Nooksack Cirque Trail

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